Born in 1983, in Abkhazia, Paata Shamugia currently lives in Tbilisi and is a distinguished personality in Georgian poetry. He graduated from Tbilisi State University (faculty of philology). The author became known to a wide circle of readers thanks to his book Anti-Tqaosani (a wordplay on the famous Georgian medieval epic poem The Knight in Panther’s Skin). The book provoked much controversy and for several months was widely discussed in the Georgian press and TV, as it was boldly taking issue with the country’s most prominent literary text. Three years later, in 2010 he published his second poetry collection Advantage, which immediately attracted attention, but, unlike his previous compilation, did not provoke any criticism or cause a stir. On the opposite, the book received very positive reviews from critics and readers alike. In 2011 Paata Shamugia received the SABA literary award for the best collection of poems Akathistos. In 2012 the art magazine Hot Chocolate named him Person of the Year. Currently he works as an editor for the magazine Liberali and writes reviews and critical essays. He is also editor in chief of the contemporary art portal demo.ge. Since 2011 Paata Shamugia has been a member and web-editor of Georgian Pen Centre. In 2014, the publishing house Intelekti has printed another challenging collection by him, Schizosociety, which won another SABA award and thus made Paata Shamugia the first contemporary poet in Georgia to win twice this prestigious award in the same category. His poetry has been translated into English, Russian, French, Turkish and German and published in the Anthology of Georgian Poetry through the ages: Ich aber will dem Kaukasos zu… - Pop Verlag 2015, Germany.
- Schizosociety, Intelekti Publishing, 2014
- Akathistos, Siesta Publishing House, 2011
- Advantage, Diogene Publishing House, 2010
- Anti - Tkaosani, Nekeri Publishing, 2007
LITERARY PRIZES AND AWARDS
- Literary award SABA 2015 in category the best poetry collection for Schizosociety
- Literary award SABA 2012 in category the best poetry collection for Akathistos
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